By Allen White
(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) John 20:9
“They still did not understand.” I am comforted by those words. Two of the three disciples in Jesus’ inner circle, Peter and John, didn’t understand. Sometimes I don’t understand. Now I don’t feel so bad.
When we think about all that Peter and John had witnessed. Jesus’ teaching, healings, Lazarus’ resurrection, miracles, and even their daily lives together, we would think if anybody got it, they would.
Now, we have the advantage of 2,000 years of theology and teaching about these events. Our perspective is far different. In fact, the Bible says that we know things that the prophets longed to understand (Matthew 13:17). Since childhood, many of us have understood the truth of the resurrection. Yet, there are many things we don’t understand.
When we try hard to please God, yet bad things still happen to us, we don’t understand. When we pour our hearts out to God and confess our sins, often we still feel guilty and ashamed, we don’t understand. When we are kind to others, and they are cruel to us, we don’t understand.
God’s Word reveals the Truth that we can understand:
God is pleased with you (Colossians 3:3).
Your trying is always inadequate (Romans 3:20).
Your relationship with God isn’t all up to you (Isaiah 12:2; Romans 15:13).
Bad things happen to everybody (Matthew 5:45).
God’s grace covers all of your sin (Ephesians 1:7).
Sometimes God’s grace is dispensed in daily doses (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Often a unresolved hurt in your life causes you to go back to the sin you detest (Romans 7:14-25; Luke 17:1-4).
You are not as good as you think you are (Romans 3:23).
Others aren’t as bad as you think they are (Matthew 7:3-5).
As you learn to trust God, you will grow in your understanding. Don’t get me wrong, there will always be things that you don’t understand. But, God will give you everything that you need to know.
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